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Best Places for Small Animal Vets to Online Get Continuing Education

Being a veterinarian is an exciting and satisfying job that also takes a lot of continuous training due to the medical nature of the job with medicine always changing and advancing every year.

Furthermore, it is important to continue your education if you are looking to start your very own small animal veterinary business or looking to advance in your chosen career path. In this article, we are going to list the best places for small animals vets to get continuing education online.

 

VETgirl

A United States-based service focusing on providing all kinds of online education for veterinary professionals. This company focuses predominantly on real-world events and seminars that are hosted all around the USA on a weekly or monthly basis allowing for all veterinary professionals to attend regardless of where they live as long as they are in the US.

 

Pricing

Getting access to the live webinars and the hundreds of hours of video-based training content involve paying a monthly fee that can also be paid yearly if you want to save some money but it is only advisable to do if you are planning to use this product for that long.

There is a trial membership available that is free for 14 days and allows people to check out this service before they pay for it.

The paid plans are separated in Elite Membership and in Team Membership which allows you to save money if buying the plans for multiple people. The Elite Membership plan costs $249 per year and the Team Membership plan costs $599 per year for up to 5 users and $999 per year for up to 10 users.

 

Pros

  • If the company ever hosts a training event near to where you live you can very easily visit in person and ask any questions you may have.
  • When you use this service you also get legit online veterinary CE credits that count towards your qualifications.
  • All the content excluding the live webinars can be downloaded and access while you are on the go and have no internet access.

 

Cons

  • This platform is not solely focused on providing online content so this can be a major disadvantage as this is not their sole focus.
  • Can be very expensive for some users especially for junior small animal vets who are just getting started.
  • There are over 50,000 subscribers to this company’s online veterinary continuing education program with only a small team of staff so it may take a long time for you to get replies to your messages.

 

Website Link: vetgirlontherun.com

 

Vet Tube

Vet Tube is a peer-to-peer where verified professionals can submit and have video content approved to be hosted and put up for sale on the website in return for a commission fee. This website is owned by the ‘2 Learn’ company which is behind a lot of other online education websites.

 

Pricing

The pricing on this website depends solely on the video content that you purchase, the prices generally range from the $100 mark to $30 although there are also a lot of videos available for free.

 

Pros

  • There are hundreds of videos on this website which allow you to find a lot more specialized content for niche topics such as how the clean the litter tray of a rabbit which may not be covered by a lot of other veterinary CPD programs available online.
  • This website is community-based so you can interact with the creators of the videos and ask them to create certain content that you may be interested in.
  • French and Dutch have also supported languages on this websites as well as the option to choose between English used in the United Kingdom or the United States.

 

Cons

  • Due to all the content being user-generated it all depends on whether those users decide to make new content as there are no consistent content creation targets.
  • The website is full of third-party advertisements which can make the website hard to use especially if you are using older devices.
  • You are not able to download videos from this platform in order to stop people from uploading them on Youtube for example.

 

Website Link: www.vettube.eu

 

VIN

VIN is a website run by over 200 editors who are all qualified and experienced veterinarians. The majority of the content on this website comes in the form of articles instead of videos. They offer all types of content for students, professionals and academics alike.

 

Pricing

The individual membership plan costs $65 per year or $840 per year excluding sales tax. If you are buying for multiple users you can save some money with team plans available for up to 5 veterinarians in the same practice.

A good perk of this company is that they provide a massive discount for graduates, they charge graduates just $19.50 per or $252 per year excluding tax as long as you have just graduated in the past 12 months.

 

Pros

  • There are hundreds upon hundreds of articles on this website that are fully accessible once someone pays for the membership.
  • With over 200 editors on this website, you can be confident that all the content is regularly updated and also that there is fast customer service provided.
  • 30-day free trial available that gives you access to all the articles on this website allowing you to make up your mind without spending any money.

 

Cons

  • All the learning material is text-based which can quickly get boring.
  • There is so much content hosted on this website that at times it can be hard to find what you are looking for.
  • The pricing plans cost a lot of money which can put off a lot of veterinarians.

 

Website Link: www.vin.com

 

VetVine

An all-in-one service that offers everything from veterinary continuing education, to consulting and other kinds of learning and planning resources.

 

Pricing

The learning materials on this platform are sold on a marketplace like system with huge discount for members of the monthly payment plans on the website.
The monthly payment plan is currently $20 per month or one $199 payment per year, but you do have to pay for the majority of the journals and other learning materials you use on this website.

 

Pros

  • Has one of the largest collections of high-quality journals from well-known veterinarians and scientists.
  • Consultancy services available that allow you to ask any questions that you may not be able to find answers to on the website.
  • Has a very active customer service team.

 

Cons

  • The cost of using this platform can quickly add up as you have to pay for every single learning resource that you want to use.
  • This website is geared towards professors and more experienced veterinarians with very little content for novice small animal vets.
  • There is no video-based content on this website instead it is mostly plain text which can quickly get boring.

 

Website Link: www.vetvine.com

 

Veterinary Dentistry

This veterinary CE website is run by Dr. Brett Beckman who has been a qualified dentist since 1987 and aside from running his own veterinary business he also runs this online veterinary continuing education company. This website is unique in that host’s videos of live surgeries which cannot be found on any of the other online veterinary CE sites that we have on this list.

 

Pricing

There is no monthly subscription fee with this website, instead, you just need to pay one fee of $495 and you are ready to go.

 

Pros

  • With this website, you get lifetime access which is great value for money especially if you are going to be using this website regularly and long term.
  • There are real-life courses also available with live veterinary tech and surgery demos.
  • This website is not used by so many people so you will be able to more easily get in contact with the owners and request certain content to be created.

 

Cons

  • The website is very simple with not a lot of features.
  • The website is not designed to be used on devices with small screens such as tablets and mobile phones.
  • There are no subtitles available on any of the videos in foreign languages making it hard for viewers who are not proficient at English from benefitting as much from using these videos.

 

Website Link: veterinarydentistry.net

 

VetX International

Originally a live event and live training course company that has now expanded into the online veterinary CE industry. There is a variety of courses on this website for all kinds of roles from veterinary techs to owners of veterinary businesses.

 

Pricing

The prices vary depending on what courses you decide to buy, the price range of the courses available on this website is from $25 per month up to $199 per month.

 

Pros

  • Great content is available for both novice and experienced veterinary professionals.
  • This company also focuses a lot on leadership training for owners and chief vets in large companies which is a rare course type to find therefore it is very useful.
  • The prices for the courses are very cheap for the amount of content that is provided to you.

 

Cons

  • A lack of learning material currently available on this website compared to other platforms.
  • This company makes most of its money from hosting live training events so its main focus will not be the online veterinary continuing education business.
  • There are no ways presented to the user currently to get in contact with the owners of the company so if you have any problems you will have to figure them out yourself.

 

Website Link: vetx.thinkific.com

 

Coursera

Coursera is one of the world’s largest online course websites which offers tens of thousands of free and paid courses that vary from free starter courses to others that are real-world qualifications.

 

Pricing

The website is free to join for individuals and enterprises however there is a fee for the majority of the courses which can range from a few hundred dollars up to thousands depending on the size of the course.

 

Pros

  • A well-known website that can be trusted with large transactions.
  • Great customer support is available.
  • All the courses are developed by top universities around the world.

 

Cons

  • Although a lot of languages are supported, if you do not speak the most popular languages in the world such as English, French, and Spanish you will not be able to take these courses.
  • There is so many courses on this website that it may be hard to choose which one is the best for you.
  • You need internet access to access the courses from this platform with no ability to download any of the courses for offline use.

 

Website Link: www.coursera.org

 

Vet Times CPD

A website that offers hundreds of veterinary courses for all kinds of pets in all price ranges. A great feature of this website is the CPD tracker that allows you to keep track of your learning progress and how far away you are from getting the veterinary qualifications you are working on.

 

Pricing

There are some free courses on this website, but the majority are in the £1 to £250 range with some courses going up to the thousands. However, it is important to note that all of these courses come with real qualifications that will help advance your career regardless of what you are planning to do.

 

Pros

  • One of the largest selections of professional veterinary courses out there.
  • All the courses on this website are created by professionals and checked by exam bodies to make sure that they meet the quality standards.
  • Large discounts are available for business customers buying courses for multiple members of staff.

 

Cons

  • Some courses cost thousands so this website may not be suitable for veterinarians that have just graduated.
  • The exams for these online courses need to be taken in a real-life examiner hall which means that you may need to travel long distances and thus time and money to get there.
  • There is no support or assistance from tutors or other veterinarians with these courses.

 

Website Link: cpd.vettimes.co.uk

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little list. Please let my know in the comments if you think I’ve forgotten something or someone.

Cheers. /Soren

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